Gym Dogs Earn Senior-Night Win Over Kentucky


Posted Mar 4, 2006


ATHENS - The top-ranked Gym Dogs defeated No. 19 Kentucky on Friday night with a final score of 196.625-194.450 at Stegeman Coliseum in front of 9,823 fans.

Prior to the meet Georgia honored senior Brittany Smith, who competed in the final regular season home meet of her career. Smith’s high score of the night was a 9.825 on the vault.

The Gym Dogs’ victory improved their record to 13-0 overall and 6-0 in SEC competition. It marks the seventh time in the last 10 years Georgia has finished undefeated in SEC dual-meet action.

Beginning on vault the Gym Dogs jumped out to a 49.350-46.650 lead over Kentucky. Tiffany Tolnay reckoned the highest Gym Dog score in the first rotation with a 9.950. Both Kelsey Ericksen and Katie Heenan posted a 9.875.

The Gym Dogs continued their lead over the Wilcats with a 48.850 on the uneven bars. Ericksen guided the team while tying her season high of 9.950. Ashley and Courtney Kupets both contributed a 9.900.

Georgia led 98.200-97.200 at the midpoint.

During the third rotation on beam, the Gym Dogs advanced with Courtney Kupets and Heenan scoring 9.9s. Tiffany Tolnay scored a 9.825, while both Ericksen and Ashley Kupets recorded a 9.800. Georgia’s 49.275 on beam tied its season high.

Ending on the floor exercise, Courtney Kupets scored 9.900, which also showed the Gym Dogs to an event score of 49.150. Tolnay marked a 9.875 while both Abby Stack and Smith both added 9.8s.

Courtney Kupets won her fifth straight all-around competition with a score of 39.525 and Ericksen was second with a 39.35. Ashley Kupets finished her first all-around of the year with a 39.3.

“We did not look like a championship team tonight,” said head coach Suzanne Yoculan. “We’ve got a long way to go and a lot of work to do. We need to get back into our rhythm because we got out of our rhythm tonight. We competed a few people in a different order tonight and I think that affected our performance.”

On Mon. the Gym Dogs return to action on the road at No. 3 ranked Utah. The Gym Dogs have not competed in Salt Lake City since 1999 when they took home the national title. It will the first dual meet at Utah since 1991.


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